The Daily Populous

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 day edition

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Michigan Tech researchers contend that tobacco farmers could increase profits by converting their land to solar farms, which in turn provides renewable energy generation.

Although tobacco use is the leading cause of avoidable death globally, farming tobacco continues to provide the primary source of income to many farmers.

As demand for solar energy grows so does the demand for land for solar farms.

Krishnan and Pearce selected North Carolina for their case study because it is a major tobacco-producing state with large swaths of land and high solar potential.

Pearce notes that tobacco continues to be farmed in the U.S. today because farmers can make money doing it.

“We were interested in what conditions were needed to enable tobacco farmers to begin installing solar energy systems on the same land,” he says.

In the long run, tobacco farmers stand to make more money farming solar rays for energy instead of growing a component of cigarettes. »

Medical marijuana bill passes Virginia Senate 40-0

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Read about Staunton's Narduzzi: Pain over politics: How this Staunton Republican became an advocate for medical marijuana.

More: Medical marijuana bill passes Va House subcommittee.

Governor Ralph Northam, also a doctor, is already on record in support of Let Doctors Decide medical marijuana laws in the Commonwealth. »

Super Mario Odyssey producer settles the debate over Toad’s head

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Koizumi weighs in, definitively, on the oft-debated question: “Is Toad’s head a hat or a head?”.

“So that, as it turns out, is actually Toad’s head,” Koizumi said, officially ruling The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 as non-canon.

“I’m going to have to leave it to all of you to figure out exactly how that works out. »

1999 at the movies: The year of living dangerously

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episode of The Simpsons, the cartoon family's middle child bravely announces to father Homer that she's going to abstain from eating meat.

That long-ago 12-month stretch offered everything a carnivore of cinema could hunger for: The Matrix.

"Someday, 1999 will be etched on a microchip as the first real year of 21st-century filmmaking. »